There is no issue of greater importance to parents and carers and the staff of Bingley Grammar School than the safety of their children. Bingley Grammar School is committed to the safeguarding of students, staff and families. We are rigorous in our response to concerns raised and record all incidents and communications.
Ofsted adopts the definition of safeguarding used in the Children Act 2004 and in the Department for Education and Skills (now DfE) guidance document Working together to safeguard children, which focuses on safeguarding and promoting children’s and learners’ welfare. This can be summarised as:
- protecting children and learners from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children’s and learners’ health or development
- ensuring that children and learners are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- undertaking that role so as to enable those children and learners to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully.
In responding to concerns raised we work with a range of partners across professional services. We make referrals to social care, West Yorkshire Police and other bodies working to ensure the physical and emotional treatment of those in our community is appropriate and fair.
If you have a concern regarding the welfare of a member of the Bingley Grammar School community please contact the school immediately. Concerns may be passed to the appropriate Head of Year via telephone or email. Mr Atkinson (Deputy Headteacher) is the school Safeguarding Lead and will respond to concerns raised and ensure process is followed.
We know these issues are challenging for parents and students and we work to support our community working closely with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Counselling Services and a range of other organisations.